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Analysis and comments on After Apple-Picking by Robert Frost

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Comment 14 of 354, added on October 28th, 2005 at 4:11 AM.

It is about the Robert Frost poem entitled After Apple Picking that I am
right and the whole world is wrong. I have tried in vain to have my essay
regarding that poem published but no one appreciates my analysis, so I
stand alone in that regard and must do it myself. In order to build upon
the notion that the poem is laced with sexual depth and filled with lust, I
have written an extensive essay. I welcome replies with regard my thoughts
on the matter but in so doing please respect the bounds of intellectual
decency. Please be advised that my essay is adult literature. Go to
http://whendarknessfell.tripod.com/ Cheers, J.T. Best

J.T. Best from Australia
Comment 13 of 354, added on October 27th, 2005 at 2:48 PM.

Firstly, you need to back up your points; how do you know he loved his
life? His father died when he was eleven, his first attempts to establish
himself as a poet failed because his poems were rejected. His wife died in
1938. Two of his daughters suffered mental breakdowns and his son committed
suicide...yeah, theres a lot to love about that.

He's an intellect who probably spends days creating these master pieces and
that doesn't mean he 'loves' his life...or that his success should somehow
cancel out a miserable past.

Where abouts in the poem does it relate to 'religious symbolism'?. What you
have depicted from this poem is inacurate and pointless- (literally!) ...do
your research, you are soooooooo wrong. x bless, you tried your best...lol

sally from United States
Comment 12 of 354, added on October 26th, 2005 at 12:40 PM.

I have to say that I have only read a few of Frost's poems but I find that
they are relating to life really well. I have to study 26 of his poems as
part of my English course and I already have a favourite, A Servant of
Servants. But I still have 21 more to read. Any hints on critcal notes
would be a great help! Thanks

Cathy from United Kingdom
Comment 11 of 354, added on October 25th, 2005 at 11:24 PM.

oh man... theres so much to be said for this poem... the ladder pointing
towards heaven is a displacement from the literal into the surreal world of
imagery. I think his place upon the ladder represents God and the apples he
picks are good people and the apples that fall go to hell, or the "cider
heap." As he retires from this job for good he gives into the woods and

Will from United States
Comment 10 of 354, added on October 25th, 2005 at 12:20 PM.

Hi, i am just wondering if anyone has any notes on Robert Frost's 'After
Apple-Picking' as i have to write an essay based on the question.....'frost
likes to trip readers up, why does he not give ansers in his poems?' any
help would be greatly appreciated! Many thanks

steph from United Kingdom
Comment 9 of 354, added on October 20th, 2005 at 2:19 PM.

After Apple Picking, written in 1914. Frosts subtle, underlying
metaphorical meanings often don't get picked up on many of his poems.
People get confused between his vivid use imagery he skillfully creates in
our minds. We become so taken aback that we forget to study the poem in
depth- remember, Frost is renowned for his use of figurative language;
craftily disguised as a literal interpretation. But, as with all poems,
your personal response is what matters as long as you can back up your
point with a referance from the poem.
This poem is literally telling you a short story about a man who is
retiring from apple picking, "For I have had too much...I am over tired" he
gives his reasons.
But the deeper meaning suggests he's dying, the first two lines illustrate
the direction of his ladders, which are pointing toward heaven- his
direction after death possibly? Then the last few lines refer to "long
sleep" - meaning death again, which is what he feels will happen. But then
he contradicts it, "or just some human sleep" so we don't get a complete
conclusion of the poem, or do we...?

Sally Chapman from United States
Comment 8 of 354, added on October 6th, 2005 at 2:38 PM.

i think Robert Frost is amazing being only 16 and studying 14 of his poems
and ive found that the road not taken has to be one of my fave poems ive
eva heard so far!!now i have to write a critical review on some of his
poems any hints would be good thanks

cheryl from United Kingdom
Comment 7 of 354, added on September 26th, 2005 at 9:48 PM.

acceptance and the embrace of death is crucial: this poem encaptures the
essence of what makes an individual satisfied with their earthly life so
much that the thought of the after life is seen as a welcomed thing.

Kate from Canada
Comment 6 of 354, added on August 2nd, 2005 at 2:42 AM.


Enjoy.. this man is my favorite.. he is the true traditional writer of
poetry.. not freestyle..

Raquel Leah from United States
Comment 5 of 354, added on May 27th, 2005 at 10:44 AM.

It's more philosophic having a flair of true life.

shins from India

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Poet: Robert Frost
Poem: 4. After Apple-Picking
Volume: North of Boston
Year: 1914
Added: Feb 1 2004
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Poem of the Day: Apr 26 2003

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